“We are modeling this dance program not only on the exciting collaboration that the University of St. Thomas has with the Glassell School of Art MFAH, but also on programs around the nation that collaborate with professional companies and schools, such as the Ailey/Fordham program. Students will receive the best of both worlds in the high academic standards and strong curriculum of St. Thomas and the opportunities, mentorships and professional connections that a company like Houston Met Dance can provide.”


Situated within the heart of Houston, the dance program at University of St. Thomas will prepare students from diverse backgrounds with talent, potential, and a love for dance, for careers as professional dancers and dance educators, as well as for dance graduate programs and a variety of dance-related employment. In collaboration with Houston Met Dance, students will be able to pursue a rigorous education within the Catholic intellectual tradition while pursuing a dance education with the highest professional standards. 

Dance course offerings will take place on two campuses, the UST campus and the Houston Met Dance Center. With professional faculty for all styles of dance and frequent guest teaching artists and choreographers, individual mentorship and professional connections within a student’s area of interest are possible. Dance students will also have numerous opportunities to perform and engage with their community.


• A BFA in dance, with three areas of specialty:

• Ballet

• Contemporary Dance

• Global and Urban Dance Forms

• A minor in dance, with adequate hours for a teaching certification.

• Entry level dance technique and survey courses for all UST students who wish to enhance their education with the study of the fine art of dance.



Admission to the dance major at UST is by audition, video submission or a scheduled placement class and audition.

Please contact Dance Program Chair, Jennifer Mabus to schedule an audition. The audition will consist of a modified ballet and modern dance class, with opportunities to show a solo of another style.

Contact  Jennifer Mabus to register.



For more information about the dance course offerings, curriculum, or majoring in Dance please contact: Jennifer Mabus, Dance Program Chair and Assistant Professor of Dance at the University of St Thomas, Houston